noun, plural hip·po·cam·pi [hip-uh-kam-pahy, -pee] /ˌhɪp əˈkæm paɪ, -pi/.
Origin of hippocampus
Examples from the Web for hippocampus
Cortisol is bad for your brain, particularly the hippocampus, which encodes memories.The Science Behind Rick Perry’s Debate Brain Freeze|Sharon Begley|November 10, 2011|DAILY BEAST
In depressed people, for instance, the hippocampus tends to be smaller than in healthy people.
Until now, most research on the brain changes caused by stress has focused on the hippocampus, which processes memories.
Eventually it ends in the substance of the hippocampus and in the uncus of the temporal lobe.
The first on the right has two figures of Nereids traversing the sea, one on a sea-bull the other on a hippocampus.Museum of Antiquity|L. W. Yaggy
The little seahorse (Syngnathus hippocampus) is commonly found here.The History of Sumatra|William Marsden
The hippocampus, which is otherwise known as the “sea-horse,” affords another interesting example of aquatic locomotion.
There are two denizens of the deep which bear the name of sea-horse—one the tiny Hippocampus, the other the mighty walrus.Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures in Art|John Vinycomb
British Dictionary definitions for hippocampus
noun plural -pi (-paɪ)
Word Origin for hippocampus
Word Origin and History for hippocampus
c.1600, a kind of sea monster, part horse and part dolphin or fish (they are often pictured pulling Neptune's chariot), from Late Latin hippocampus, from Greek hippokampos, from hippos "horse" + kampos "a sea monster," perhaps related to kampe "caterpillar." Used from 1570s as a name of a type of fish; of a part of the brain from 1706, on supposed resemblance to the fish.